GUWAHATI, Feb 20 – The 12th Jagaddhatri-Harmohan Das Literary Award was given to renowned litterateur Dr. Birendra Nath Datta in a function organized at Tirthanath Sarma conference hall today. Dr Datta, a scholar of repute and also a Padmashree award recipient, received the award for his book Sankar Madhavar Manisha Aru Asomar Sanaskritic Uttaradhikar, a collection of write-ups on Vaishnavism in Assam, Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev.
The biennial award, instituted in the name of educationist Harmohan Das and his wife Jagaddhatri Das, carries a citation, a memento and also a cash amount.
Receiving the award from the chief guest of the function HN Das, Dr Datta expressed his gratitude to the people who accepted his work and chose him for the award.
“Srimanta Sankardev and Madhavdev enriched the culture and literature of Assam with their timeless creations. The people of Assam are fortunate that both the incomparable scholars were born on this land. My articles are merely an attempt to showcase what their literary treasure trove holds for the Assamese society,” said Datta.
HN Das, while speaking on the occasion shared his experience about the late Harmohan Das. “As a librarian of the then Curzon Hall Library (the present Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Library), he managed the affairs very smoothly and in a disciplined manner. His contributions as a teacher of the Don Bosco School, Guwahati, in the initial days of the institution, were also remarkable,” he mentioned.
Educationist Dr Nilaya Kumar Das also spoke about his personal experience with Haramohan Das and his wife. “As an efficient teacher, he knew how to get the best out of his students,” he mentioned.
The meeting was presided over by president of the Jagaddhatri-Harmohan Das Trust Kamaleswar Bora, while the welcome address was given by Manjumala Das, secretary of the Trust.
“The award, instituted in the year 1985, has completed its 25 years. During the period, a number of noted personalities, contributing in the field of religion, philosophy, literature, art and culture have been honoured with this award,” she mentioned.
Pradip Jyoti Mahanta of the Tezpur Central University spoke elaborately on the prize-winning book and the author.